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February 1, 2009

Canadian Women’s rights

 
 
see also  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/men-and-women-are-equal-in-the-law/
 
Men and women are equal before the law. Women have the right to be paid the same as men when they do work of equal value. And when they aren’t paid the same, women have the right to use the courts to get pay equity.   Harper says the present system of using the courts for pay equity is “long and costly” and is based on “complaints” and “confrontation” and he wants to “modernize” it by wiping out the right of women to use the courts to get pay equity.   If Harper gets his way, pay equity will be settled at the bargaining table, not in the courts.  But what about women who don’t have a union?  Too bad! That happens to be a majority of the 41% of Canadian women who work outside the home. http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/article-298389-Harpers-war-on-women.html
 
and here is what also really grabs me too..
 
Now I know already that many evangelicals have a perverted view of the Bible’s women’s rights but I would expected better form from the so called liberals in this matter at least, but it seems that for political expediency the Liberals falsely will let Stephen Harper and the Conservatives  get away with it here too, the pathetic, sad Liberals they will let it wrongfully all happen still too now, as they all even have with so many other bad things now too, such as shortcomings in the health care system,  inadequate consumer protection included, police inadequacies, etc… and the cost of living for a woman is the same as for a man in reality too…
 
OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says equal pay for work of equal value is a basic human right that should never be put up for grabs at the collective bargaining table.  To that end, he has introduced a private member’s bill aimed at reversing a controversial measure in the 2009 federal budget.  The budget essentially reclassified pay equity as a labour issue to be negotiated in collective agreements, stripping the Canadian Human Rights Commission of its authority to adjudicate pay equity complaints.  Ignatieff’s proposal – his first private member’s bill since becoming an MP in 2006 – would return pay equity to the human rights realm.  It would also create a federal pay-equity commission charged with implementing an equal-pay regime in the federal public service, federally regulated companies and Crown corporations by 2012.  Ignatieff acknowledges his bill would result in some additional, unspecified costs for the government but he thinks the principle is “definitely worth it.”  Ignatieff says pay equity is really about gender equality, noting that women, on average, still earn only 72 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same work.  He says he chose the issue for his first bill because it’s emblematic of the Liberal party’s core belief in equal opportunity for all. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091209/national/ignatieff_pay_equity
 
 
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January 31, 2009

The crticism of LIBERAL leader Michael Ignatieff, his big mistake

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The Coalition had really rightfully unnerved, scared Conservative Stephen Harper and he has not been the same since, he is been running scared, doing things in desperation.. Harper he is not the leader of a democratic elected party cause he did not get 51 percent of the seats firstly.. he is a bully, dictator appointed by a bad  Governor General.

 
Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff apparently isn’t hungry to be prime minister? He wants to be only an oppossition party leader it seems..  What is he afraid of ? Himself? Clearly Ignatieff has just lost his chance of becoming our next prime minister.
 
Don’t at all count on my support rightfully if you are a bad Conservative, bad Liberals, bad NDP, bad BQ, too me you are a still an unacceptable crook if you are bad and no matter what party you are from.. I do  support the good guys first, the good  political party next.
  
(‘Great wind’ will sweep Harper out of Ottawa, Liberal leader now says . The Liberal crowd at the downtown Sheraton hotel gave party leader Michael Ignatieff several standing ovations during a speech in which he declared a great wind is gathering that will sweep Stephen Harper’s government out of office.”It will bring Quebecers back to power in Ottawa. The best possible Canada is a Canada with Quebecers in power.” And just a few months in Office it seems he has learned from his errors and now wants an election? good for him. A good leader does not care what people think, or say about him, or others, he merely anyway does the right thing that are good for the good welfare of all of the citizens)
 
 Michael Ignatieff had vowed  to hold the Harper government accountable for this current budget. What exactly will he do when Stephen Harper fails to toe the line? he will talk big, after all he is another liberal with all talk but no real actions it seems still too? He Michael Ignatieff was already to afraid to grab the reins of power by means of a coalition  even  for fear Harper may call a reelection, The Liberals are all financially broke, so they now even cannot afford a federal reelection. So they just talk big. Too much hot air.. but still real actions speak louder then mere cheap words to us all.  
 
“When you have victory in your sights, you don’t give a political opponent time to regroup and get stronger.  You move forward, bring them down, and defeat them in an election. 
  
 Ignatieff’s acceptance of the budget was a poor tactical decision.  It enabled Prime Minister Stephen Harper to receive a pass on his questionable analysis of Canada’s economic stability during the federal election, the “now you see it, now you don’t” proposed elimination of political party subsidies, and the constitutional crisis we recently faced.  The PM needed cover to rebuild his shattered image (which he’s been doing since Parliament was prorogued last December) and implement an economic stimulus package – and now he’s got it.  “
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/01/31/michael-taube-michael-ignatieff-s-big-mistake.aspx
 
as far  as Iggy’s inadequcies I had said THE SAME THING BEFORE THE BUDGET WAS ACCEPTED..
 
By now we  all knew how really bad Harper was, is..
 
When it suits him only PM Stephen Harper is willing to leak information to the citizens, news media.. Stephen Harper was elected based on his past promises of a new and better form of governing, openness, transparency and accountability.. none of these promises were kept next as well. Canada’s Conservative government’s own cult of secrecy. It now under Stephen Harper is Harder than ever to get information from the federal government  Harper clearly himself has penchant for secrecy. “Not since the advent of the Access to Information Act (ATIA) in 1983, has it been so difficult to get timely information from the Canadian government.  Delays routinely extend seven months past the 30-day requirement to release records; complaints can take over two years for a response. A two-year backlog of complaints to the commissioner “permits several federal institutions to enjoy a two-year amnesty (extension) to release records..  and the long delays in responding “encourages many institutions to claim a range of exemptions, exclusions or exaggerated fees which would not otherwise be permitted under the act, knowing . . . it will take the commissioner no less than two years to adjudicate the complaint.”   In 2007-2008, of 29,000 Freedom of Information requests received, 1,381 investigations were completed, leaving 2,387 to be carried over. The lesson ..”that the mere existence of an access statute does not, in itself, guarantee access to information.”  The Harper government has increased “exclusions, exceptions and prohibitions” in disclosing information, thus “government institutions are still operating under a cult of secrecy.”

“And Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared that the opposition leaders had not accepted the results of the last election and added: “You don’t change government through parliamentary games.” This is a deliberate misinterpretation of the way our system works. Yes, Harper and the Conservatives were re-elected last fall, but with a minority. And minority governments must attract the support of at least one other party in the Parliament in order to avoid defeat. ” So far childish Harper all he can do is play poltical games.. too bad for Him AND US AS WELL…..

(Est 7:10 KJV)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
 
Irrespective of today’s federal budget why the Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff should immediately rightfully dethrone the Conservative  government and support the coalition.
 
The new Conservatives wrongfully are cold, ruthless, immoral, ungodly, selfish, self centered, untrustworthy just for a start.
 
Harper has been invoking a long term war, campaign, and he has systematically hired, placed in the government key Conservative party supporters, organizers paid for by the Canadian taxpayers and RIGHTFULLY they must be all fired, removed, or at least take away all work from them and give them an empty desk, and you can ALSO  rightfully start with Preston Manning now as well.  
 
  No question about it, the hoped for coalition’s collapse, Stéphane Dion’s fall, unexpected  Michael Ignatieff’s rise and Stephen Harper’s realignment have rather all  lead to serious negative effects for all Canadians especially for Harper, Ignatieff.. Not unexpected for the big loser, one step forward, two steps backwards Stephen Harper who now has an  official Liberal chaperon as well so that it will be perilous times from this point forward for the Conservatives and the Liberals
 
On top of that ” Liberal leader rules uneasy roost.. One disgruntled Liberal MP called me to say that all opposition critics and senior committee members will soon be issued mandate letters to explain their roles and responsibilities. The move is unprecedented, the MP said. “Trudeau said MPs are nobodies 50 yards off Parliament Hill. This guy [Ignatieff ] wants to make us nobodies on Parliament Hill. It’s outrageous, and he’s heading toward a mutiny in six to eight months unless he’s high in the polls,” he said.Mr. Ignatieff has followed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s lead in establishing rigid internal discipline, including slapping down MPs who have spoken out on issues when they were not authorized. “Iggy’s a control freak — he’s worse than Harper,” the MP said.  ” http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=f8dcba59-be0d-4036-93c3-a3980e66e6e6
 
A negative management style, being a Bully, Dictator, oppressors  is very  typically Canadian management style  for the losers especially.. that is why I have often written about control freaks.. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/control-freaks/,
 
 
Actually most of the real opposition to Harper is coming from Alberta itself, Even to the die hard reformers, conservatives  the Harper government now sadly acts and  looks very  much like many of the bad liberal  governments that preceded them.  
 
Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay said raising the specter of toppling the government may be good strategy, but he believes Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff wants time to whip his party into better shape before he risks going into an election.  ” .. if the Liberal party and the new Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff  is  not prepared to govern now he and the Liberals  they next really never will be.. and now as simple as that.        
 
Michael Ignatieff, a prize-winning novelist, scripted an exit from the coalition designed to make the Liberal Leader look powerful. But in fact, his position is relatively weak. In the end, he had to imitate Stéphane Dion – denounce the Conservatives’ budget but let it pass – and, like Mr. Dion, he may have to do it again and again. Stephen Harper, having gotten his budget through, can be sure of getting an election from the Governor-General if he wants one, so he can afford to attach confidence to important pieces of legislation without worrying that a defeat will put the opposition in power without an election. Mr. Ignatieff can try to look imperious, but he can’t escape the objective weakness of his party. Getting rid of Mr. Dion has brought the Liberals up a bit in the polls, but not to a winning position. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090130.wcoharper02/BNStory/specialComment/home

“With Mr. Harper’s right-wing Conservatives, Canada’s international reputation has been tarnished and its financial edge has been wasted. There are more unemployed, more poor children and, as concerns the environment, Canada has become the laughingstock of the world.” The Liberals have been on a roll in Quebec polls since Ignatieff became leader, moving from a distant third in the last election campaign into a virtual tie for the lead in popular support with the Bloc Québécois, while Conservative support has proportionally shrunk. Since this post Iggy has shown us another side, a good side.. and he has rightfully increased the popularity of the Liberal party as a result.. an election is coming.. rightfully get rid of Harper.

January 30, 2009

The common crticism of Conservative Stephen Harper Prime Minister

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Canada’s Conservative movement as a whole has   been damaged severely by Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself — a past longtime fiscal Conservative and champion of the free market – in some parts of Canada

 Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s total turnaround from cautious fiscal conservatism to profligate government spender and deficit creator has surely betrayed fiscally conservative voters who elected Conservative MPs based on their public pledges at that time that “our economy is sound” and “we will never run a deficit”. One can only reasonably conclude that to hang on to power in Ottawa, Harper and also next his MPs have betrayed every fiscal Conservative  principle they had once claimed  that their party holds dear, sacred. Harper’s main  opposition these days seems to be the c Conservatives members themselves.

  To me and for good reasons Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not a real Evangelical Christian

When it come to admitting, facing, dealing with one’s own shortcomings, sins, negative truths, Most people are next in a false denial, wrongfully do take the ostrich approach still. Too many Men too are often big liars and cowards who tend to blame it all falsely on the wife or vice versa. While the Conservatives falsely blame it on the Liberals, others.. what a pathetic approach. We the citizens all seem to know that they are big unrepentant sinners still too. Is anyone foolish to still maintain that there any Christian politicians, Harper included  now too?

But look at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s political, management skills, when we hear for decades of vast political, economic corruptions in many provinces, cities going on even for decades like the previous bad Liberal giving out taxpayers money on infrastructure projects that lacked adequate accountiabilty   and even lack falsely project managements divisions. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/they-cannot-claim-ignorance-about-the-perversities/
We also know how the various local conferences such as the G8 were mismanaged , had a high costly expenditures wasting millions of dollars, the RCMP itself now is not known to be cost effective or fully honest.
OTTAWA – Parliament was “poorly informed” about the funding of the G8 and G20 summits last summer, and proper controls were missing from a $50-million legacy fund that showered money on Treasury Board President Tony Clement’s riding, according to the auditor general.A report tabled in Parliament Thursday revealed there is no paper trail documenting how the 32 projects were chosen to receive money from the Legacy Fund, which itself was buried in an $83-million request to Parliament for funds to reduce congestion at the Canada-U.S. Border, some 300 km away.The report also confirmed the G8 and G20 summits only cost $664 million, not the $1.1 billion originally budgeted, because the government departments overestimated what they would need. Opposition parties accused the government Thursday of secretly shuffling money to a profligate pork-barrel fund to secure Clement’s re-election. http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3163007  they do the same bad thing the others did..

With accusations of “sell-out,” right-wing commentators have denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for producing a Liberal budget this week. “You can find some things in the budget that are consistent with the Conservative philosophy, but the weight is like 90 to 10 against it,” University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan, a former senior adviser to Harper, told the Calgary Herald.  “Some of the right-wingers have even suggested that the budget signifies the end of small-c conservatism in Canada.”  John Ivison has declared that Stephen Harper is down to his last few principles.  “Today’s budget will be the final act in a long transformation of Mr. Harper’s Conservative Party from a policy- driven, principled voice for conservatism to a process-driven electoral machine, intent only on surviving the coming budget vote and winning the next election.”

 Even to the die hard reformers, conservatives  the Harper government now sadly acts and  looks very  much like many of the bad liberal  governments that preceded them.  

Canadians say Stephen Harper was motivated by political survival and would never have unveiled this week’s multibillion-dollar stimulus budget were it not for opposition pressure. A new Globe and Mail-CTV poll also found that, despite moderate support for the budget, most Canadians continue to hold Mr. Harper responsible for the crisis atmosphere that prompted it and believe he hasn’t fundamentally changed. “Canadians think Harper has done this with a gun to his head,” said Peter Donolo, a partner with the Strategic Counsel, the firm that conducted the poll. “They feel this wouldn’t have happened had the opposition not held his feet to the fire.”  The poll  also shows that Quebeckers are significantly more negative about the Prime Minister and the budget than are Canadians in other regions, and that voters are now less likely to support the government because of the budget.According to the poll, 72 per cent of Canadians say the government would not have introduced the stimulative budget of this week had it not been for the pressure of opposition parties, whose members threatened to bring down the Harper government and install a coalition. Similarly, 69 per cent say they still blame Mr. Harper for causing an unnecessary political crisis late last year when he should have been focusing on the economy. In Quebec, 83 per cent of respondents blame the Prime Minister for the crisis. Asked whether they believe Mr. Harper has changed since the fall and is taking the country’s economic troubles more seriously, 63 per cent said they perceived no change and that the budget is all about politics. In Quebec, 74 per cent said they don’t believe he changed. “In Quebec, Stephen Harper has the reverse Midas touch,” Mr. Donolo said. “This budget suffers by being associated with him.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090131.POLL31/TPStory/

On top of that there is the valid criticism of the federal Conservative new anti recession budget, a transparently “political document” which also had failed to foresee or to allow provisions for the US protectionist policy that has been going on for over a decade now too..  It is not a conservative budget.    

“There’s no way Stephen Harper and his government would have come up with this budget if he hadn’t been goaded into it by the coalition and the fear of losing power. On the contrary, a right-wing, fiscally conservative government would have drawn up something quite different — heavier on the tax cuts with far less spending.” ” With accusations of “sell-out,” right-wing commentators have denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for producing a budget this week that betrays conservative principles. Also driving the right-wingers crazy is Harper running up the deficit not just with tax cuts, which they support, but also with more spending on infrastructure, social housing, employment insurance, aboriginal communities, and so on. All these expenditures are anathema to them. Some of the right-wingers have even suggested that the budget signifies the end of small-c conservatism in Canada.”    

Stephen Harper has  turned liberal for his own political expediency, survival. Like the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois, the Harper Conservatives now also do maintain that a vast increase in deficit spending is necessary to revive job-creating economic growth. While in opposition, Harper said one thuibgm and next died the opposite typically as well, Harper and Flaherty had  before  decried the billions upon billions of taxpayers’ dollars wasted on failed corporate handouts by the Liberals. Yet now that the new Conservatives are in power, they are doing the same things too.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper used to advocate both sound fiscal policies and a stricter separation of federal and provincial powers. Now, his own government proposes to spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars on a host of provincial and local projects too. This is as liberal as one can be. What, then, is the real purpose of such fiscal improvidence? The answer is evident: By this means, the Harper Conservatives aim to bribe voters and win support for their minority government from the opposition Liberals. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff backed the Conservatives on the budget — a  plan  that  clearly could have been rather put forth by the Liberals. Liberal leader himself Michael Ignatieff criticism of the Harper’s budget has been tempered with praise for its Liberal-inspired elements. Ignatieff just made the wise political move by criticizing the budget, then supporting it, on Liberal terms. He Ignatieff also bought time crucial to his political future. The Grit boss Ignatieff can now also force an election in March, June or September, on any of the budget updates. No question about it, the hoped for coalition’s collapse, Stéphane Dion’s fall, unexpected  Michael Ignatieff’s rise and Stephen Harper’s realignment have rather all  lead to serious negative effects for all Canadians.

This below is typical of the common criticism of our Conservative Stephen Harper Prime Minister these days, clearly he has no one to blame for it still  but himself..
 
Harper doomed by his inexcusable missteps … as Ignatieff merely waits January 31, 2009  The Hamilton Spectator…for Stephen Harper, bad timing and poor judgment have conspired to put his career on life support… It is hard to believe that it was less than four months ago that the Tories came within a whisker of winning a majority government in an election timed to get out in front of the looming financial crisis. Postelection, Harper made the right conciliatory noises about taking a more collaborative and less partisan approach to governing. And while the Canadian electorate has never really warmed up to Harper, they took him to be a competent manager and a skilled tactician. In the face of mediocre opposition, that seemed to be enough to preserve the Tories’ hold on power for the foreseeable future.

But three errors in judgment by Harper changed the game fundamentally and will now likely cost him the keys to 24 Sussex Drive.

The first was a stupid pre-election gambit to reduce the GST to 5 per cent over the objections of every credible economist in the country. That cost the government at least $10 billion in annual revenue, and more importantly the fiscal flexibility to respond to the recession without resorting to so much deficit spending. (Compounded by the sad fact to try to get reelected  the Harper government started spending billions of dollars, the surplus left to it by previous Liberal governments — money that should have been available for a rainy day, but next it was not there. Here is more poof that Stepehen Harper is not a real Christian, he does not know or practise the Biblical truths. Remmeber the story about Joseph the boy with a multi coloured coat who next becamse a ruler in Egypt during a recession, famine. Jospeh stored up the resources for a rainy day, he did nto foolishly give them away like Harper did.)

The second was rolling out a November economic statement projecting a stay-the-course balanced budget for 2009 when the rest of the world, including the parliamentary budget officer, was forecasting significant deficits. When Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had to backtrack less than two months later and admit a much starker reality, the government looked both lost and incompetent.

The third mistake was Harper’s misguided attempt to strip the federal parties of public funding at a time when the Liberals were destitute and desperate. That triggered an unpalatable coalition between the Libs and the NDP, but also reduced the prime minister to cowering behind the Governor General while he played for time.

More importantly, it precipitated the bloodless Liberal coup that replaced the hopeless Stephane Dion with Michael Ignatieff without the cost or carnage of a leadership battle. Ignatieff is Harper’s intellectual equal and plainly a superior political talent.

The combined effect of these errors in judgment is that Harper’s aura as a competent and tactical leader has been obliterated. With the economy now tanking, Harper must accept an economic prescription that is alien to his lifelong embrace of free markets. The prime minister is an old-fashioned populist with a bedrock belief in balanced budgets. The Reform Party that he helped found was a visceral reaction to the chronic deficits of both the Mulroney Conservatives and Trudeau Liberals. But in an age of renewed public faith in interventionism, Harper is out of step with a Canadian electorate enamoured of U.S. President Barack Obama and his enormous appetite for stimulus spending. http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/504989

This week’s budget capitulates to just about every possible Opposition spending demand while abandoning core Conservative principles, leaving voters with a nagging sense that the government doesn’t really believe in what it is doing but will do anything to cling to power. More troubling for the country is the evidence that this orgy of new spending is unlikely to have a lasting impact on economic growth.” But severe poltical backlash instead..
 
 
” Stephen Harper has a lot of work to do in Quebec   The Conservatives have fallen out of favour with Quebecers, and it’s mostly the PM’s fault If the Conservatives were still in denial about how much trouble they’ve created for themselves in Quebec, the latest CROP poll in La Presse should serve as their reality check.  CROP shows the Bloc Québécois at 34 per cent, down four points from the election; the Liberals at 31 per cent, a seven-point surge since October; while the Conservatives have plummeted six points to 16 per cent, with the NDP up three points to 15 per cent.  On the question of best prime minister, Michael Ignatieff leads at 37 per cent, Jack Layton is at 23 per cent, and Stephen Harper, who actually is prime minister, is at just 16 per cent.  Harper’s approval numbers have cratered, only three months after he won the election. This has nothing to do with his management of the economic crisis, and everything to do with the political crisis provoked by Harper around the November economic statement.  The blowback in Quebec comes down to Harper’s harsh denunciations of “the separatist coalition,” which served its purpose against the opposition parties in English-speaking Canada, but became a tipping point for sliding Conservative support in Quebec.  Riding high in Quebec at 35 per cent in a Léger poll published on Sept. 19 at the end of the campaign’s second week, the Harper Conservatives went into a free fall that began two days later with their mobile billboard stunt alleging Quebecers had wasted $350 million voting for the Bloc since 1990. In essence, they were calling the voters stupid. The next day, the Conservatives unveiled their young-offender proposals, which Gilles Duceppe pounced on as “creating universities of crime.” The following day, under fire for his cultural cuts, Harper made his careless comment about “rich galas,” reviving a story that had gone away.  Duceppe successfully transformed a campaign that had been about the Bloc’s continued pertinence in Ottawa into one in which it became the defender of Quebec values, a debate Harper had no chance of winning. Harper pulled it together in the last days of the campaign, and managed to salvage 10 seats, just as many as in 2006, but a far cry from the majority that was within his grasp only three weeks earlier. And all because the Conservatives misread Quebec.  Harper’s separatist coalition rhetoric in the House, and especially in his televised address to the country on Dec. 3, served their purpose in the rest of the country. But the fact that he referred to sovereignists in the French version of the TV talk only made it worse in Quebec–it looked as if he was trying to get away with saying one thing in English and another in French.  The backlash in Quebec was measured in the results of the Quebec election the following Monday, which Jean Charest’s Liberals won by only seven points rather than the 13- to 16- point spread projected in Léger and CROP polls completed before movement to the Parti Québécois, driven by the angry reaction to Harper’s comments in the closing days of the campaign. There is no other reason, no other event, to explain Harper’s plummeting voting intention and approval rating in Quebec since then. Both are at 16 per cent. With numbers like that on election day, the Conservatives would win no more than three seats in Quebec, Max Bernier and two players to be named later.  As for the spike in support for the Liberals, it’s not as if Iggymania is breaking out in Quebec, it’s just that Ignatieff isn’t Harper, who has fallen completely out of favour.  Iggy also isn’t Stéphane Dion, and that helps.  There can be only one competitive federalist party at a time in Quebec, and the Liberals are now well-positioned to be that party. Liberal support in this CROP poll would translate into about 30 Quebec seats. And that would kick in the echo effect in Ontario, where voters like to elect national governments with support in Quebec.  There has been some suggestion that Harper is now giving up on Quebec, and will focus his re-election efforts in wooing Ontario. “
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Stephen+Harper+work+Quebec/1240736/story.html

January 29, 2009

Not unexpected

   

Liberals up, Conservatives down in Quebec according to a new CROP poll in Thursday’s La Presse and all  thanks to Stephen Harper now as well..

The Conservatives are at 16 per cent

a drop of 6 per cent since the election. The Liberals are at 31 per cent, compared to 24 per cent on October 14. The Bloc, which won 38 per cent, is now at 34 per cent. The NDP is at 15 per cent compared to 12 per cent.Among francophones, the Bloc stands at 40 per cent but the Liberals are now in second place, standing at 26 per cent double their score in the election. The Conservatives have lost half their support among francophones: they now are at 15 per cent compared to 29 per cent in the election.Only 34 per cent of Québécois are satisfied with the performance of the government, compared to 61 per cent who are not. This is the worst score for the government since it took power.Worse, only 16 per cent think Stephen Harper would make the best prime minister, and he now trails both Michael Ignatieff (37 per cent) and Jack Layton (23 per cent). Even in the Conservative bastion, the Greater Quebec region, the Bloc now leads with 30 per cent, followed by the Conservatives (28 per cent) and the Liberals (27 per cent). http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090129.WBSpector20090129003512/WBStory/WBSpector

 

Not unexpected for the big loser, one step forward, two steps backwards Stephen Harper who now has an  official Liberal chaperon as well and that it will be perilous times from this point forward for the Conservatives . 

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2009

Conservatives on probation

January 28, 2009  Ignatieff   said he wouldn’t “exclude” the possibility of forming a coalition in the future if needed.

Liberals put Harper Conservatives on probation

Budget amendment will require first progress report in 60 days

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff today announced he will require the Conservative government to accept mandatory reporting requirements in order for the budget to be adopted. The first comprehensive report on progress on the economy will be required by March 26, 2009.

“The budget introduced yesterday is far from perfect. It does not fix the employment insurance system for thousands of workers who have lost their jobs in the past several weeks. It still threatens pay equity for women. It breaks their promise to every province from only two years ago on equalization,” said Mr. Ignatieff.

“To say that action is long overdue is an understatement. Canadians deserve action. I believe it is in the best interests of Canadians that parliamentarians get to work on the economy, so I will move to amend the budget and include a requirement that the Government report back to the House of Commons repeatedly, with the first report being required within 60 days on their progress. Mr. Harper must accept these accountability measures or his Government will fall.”

“We’re in this position because of choices made by a government that has systematically mismanaged our public finances for the last three years,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “For Canadians, this crisis isn’t about structural deficits or loan guarantees or the business cycle. It’s about the nest egg they’ve saved up over their entire working lives, only to see it cut in half overnight. It’s about worrying about how they’ll pay for their kids’ education, or how they’ll put food on the table for their families. The country needs stability in this time of economic difficulty and that is why I am taking this action.”

“This government’s mismanagement of the economic crisis and failure to act has rightfully given Parliament – and Canadians – a reason to question the credibility of this government on economic matters,” added Mr. Ignatieff. “We are ready to act in the national interest, as the gravity of this economic crisis demands. I hope Mr. Harper is prepared to do the same.” 

 
To read the full text of Mr. Ignatieff’s statement, click here.

“OTTAWA – The Conservatives are expected to support a Liberal amendment that would require the government to provide regular updates on the implementation and cost of the budget, Canwest News has learned. “The budget already required reporting, so we see no reason to oppose this,” a government official close to Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canwest News on Wednesday.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s declared support for the minority Conservative government’s budget earlier in the day, but said his party would propose an amendment requiring the budget-monitoring reports.

That prompted New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe to accuse Ignatieff of “propping up” Harper. They declared the death of the opposition coalition deal reached early last month.

A senior minister also appeared agreeable to Ignatieff’s proposal that the government table three reports in Parliament on the budget’s implementation and cost – one in March, one in June and one in December. “It sounds like a responsible approach,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney 

The reports would require the government to provide a month-to-month accounting of how much infrastructure project money has flowed to cities, how many unemployed have signed on to training programs and other details. If the Liberals aren’t satisfied with the government’s progress reports, they reserve the right to defeat the government, Ignatieff vowed.

“We are putting this government on probation,” he said. “We will be watching them like hawks to make sure the investments Canadians need actually reach them”

January 27, 2009

Canadian Federal Budget 2009

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For the Canadian Federal Budget 2011 see https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/conservative-2011-federal-budget-is-not-enough-i-agree/

Ignatieff demands change from Harper on four key issues Globe and Mail - June 15, 2009  Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff today demanded that Prime Minister Stephen Harper negotiate with him on four key issues or he will try to take down the Conservative minority government Friday in a confidence vote. Possible Canadian federal election in 2009 over the budget.

FACTBOX-Canada opposition’s demands of minority government Reuters
 
 Harper, Ignatieff reach deal to avert summer election  OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff have reached a deal to avert an election – at least until the fall.

 

It has been confirmed to all of us that  the New Conservatives in Ottawa were very jealous in the past, present that Liberal supporters in the past used to get the main share of the federal pork, after all money is what the greed is always about too, so today they do not mind giving the pork now to the Conservative supporters,  and  they make no pretence about their past hypocritical promises to be different in morality, normality, behavior from the other political parties. Predictably too, “Stephen Harper recently dispatched his faithful MPs across the land to bury Conservative ridings in taxpayers’ money and self-congratulatory press releases for an estimated 500 funding announcements in one week. Welcome aboard the Steve’s pork-barrel express, delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in federal largesse to Conservative voters near you. Blaming the global economic crisis for an uncontrollable urge to spend other people’s money, the same Conservative party that once condemned the Liberals in the past  for porking their way into the sponsorship scandal is now whole-hog in the trough. It is ok if the conservatives do it but not the liberals? A study by the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation showed that in the three months leading up to last September’s election call, Harper, his ministers and MPs took turns announcing a wallet-shaking $19.2 billion of goodies. ” And what other past electorate promises will the mostly Conservative liars continue to break too now? while the mostly still useless Liberals can look at it in envy too

It will take very much more, a lot more  than just the Conservative federal pork barreling to hopefully turn around the Canadian West, the mostly still one horse towns,  which which do not have any manufacturing bases too, and so they are heading towards, facing some of the deepest recession in Canada even for at least a decade next too. You cannot hope to survive on farming, Tourism alone.

The Conservative bigoted juggernaut of Stephen Harper had definitely become decidedly very creepy even  alienating many federal voters. In the recent coalition  wars of January 2009. Canada’s prime Minister Harper had as much as kissed the majority Quebecers goodbye, falsely permanently now alienating them all too, dismissing them all as mainly unwinnable separatists. It was a pre calculated move on Harper’s too common divide and conquer approach, with an special  emphasis on sibling rivalry. Harper thus was, is playing the tune to the majority of his ignorant  supporters in the the west who love to hear it, a tune the Western Canadians and hopefully some Anglophones in Ontario as well  may love  to hear, the tune that Quebec is a favorite son that got too much and offers too little in return, and likely this new Harper re-distribution and demographic changes will help to  destroy Quebec’s predictable stranglehold over the national elections. Totally false and totally unrealistic, a desperation move on HARPER’S part. In reality even Ontario still also has a strong francophone base now as well. But how many more  friends can he Harper afford to alienate now? Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and who next?  and realistically still hope to have majority government?  Harper has continually failed to achieve his  majority federal government and so with this approach he insures he likely never will.

Can anyone really believe now  that the voters were seriously really dumb enough to  put the very  clear loser like Stephen Harper into office? The People get this the bad government they deserve? I certainly, certainly  hope not!

   

Most of what you’d expect came out in the 2009 spring Canadian Federal Budget speech. The  important question is still  whether there’s enough in the document to satisfy the Liberals and new leader Michael Ignatieff, who will make the decision on Wednesday about whether to pull the plug on the minority Harper Tories and join a coalition of the NDP and the Bloc, or hold out for another election or let the Conservatives to rule for a while longer? and why? Highlights from today’s federal budget:
-The government will run a deficit of $85 Billion over the next five years. It will be $34 Billion this year and $30 Billion in 2010.
-The basic personal tax exemption and the two lowest tax rates will be increased.  The new rate is $10,320, up from $9,600. The lowest tax bracket is now $40,726, while the second limit goes to over $81,000. 
-There is a new tax credit for home renovations. You can get up to $1,350 for projects done in the next year. It includes kitchens and basements, but does not include furniture or electronic purchases.
-There is a $750 tax incentive for first time homeowners. As well, you can now withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSP.  The withdrawl will still pay tax free if repaid within 15 years.
-The government is also spending $12 Billion on infrastructure programs over the next two years.  $7 Billion of that is new money.
-The government is spending $1 billion dollars for worker retraining over two years through the employment insurance system.
-Employment Insurance benefits are extended by five weeks.
-There’s cash to increase apprenticeships and retraining for older workers.-Business tax cuts worth $2 Billion over the next five years.
-The Age Credit for seniors is increased resulting in a tax saving of about $150 for low and middle income seniors.
-The working income tax benefit for low-income Canadians is increased.
-There is a raise in the phase out levels for the national child benefit and Canada child tax credit.

” As Heritage Minister James Moore promised, the new Conservative budget does provide for increased arts funding, but does not include boosts to either the CBC or the Canada Council for the Arts. There is also little for performing arts organizations, other than festivals, to get excited about.

What will be provided, according to the official budget document, is the following:

  • Targeted two-year funding of $60 million to support infrastructure-related costs for local and community cultural and heritage institutions, such as local theatres, libraries and small museums.
  • Increasing funding by $20 million over the next two years, and $13 million per year thereafter, to the National Arts Training Contribution Program.
  • $30 million over the next two years to support continued access to Canadian magazines and community newspapers.
  • $28.6 million over the next two years to the Canada New Media Fund, and $14.3 million annually thereafter.
  • $200 to the Canadian Television Fund over the next two years.
  • $100 million over two years for marquee festivals and events that promote tourism.

Already, the folks at publicbroadcasting.ca have begun calling on Michael Ignatieff to defeat the Conservatives, stating: “while it [the budget] does include arts and culture funding it manages to do so without actually helping any artists.”   “

“Amid the fine print in Budget 2009 is a temporary 100% capital cost allowance for computers bought after January 27, 2009 and before February 1, 2011.  So, what does this mean for you?  If you’re self employed or own a business, you can write-off the entire cost of your computer and the software.  And there’s no limit attached to the computer cost or the amount you buy.  This may be especially good news for medium and large companies that have been waiting to upgrade their networks.  The catch is that you have 2 years to take advantage of this – and that’s basically the average life span of the devices anyway.  Ottawa projects this plan will cost the treasury $340 million this year, $365 million in 2010-2011.  However, this type of stimulus will end up helping other countries’ economies (Sony, Dell, Toshiba, Apple etc. aren’t really Canadian, are they?) but federal officials say this will spur retail sales and keep jobs, and that’s important.   Prior to this initaitive, Ottawa allowed for a 55% write-off.  “

Danny Williams calls on Liberals to defeat federal government on the budget Tue Jan 27, 9:40 PM  ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Danny Williams is calling on the federal Liberals to help defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government after Ottawa implemented equalization changes in the budget that he says will “cripple” his province’s economy.Williams claimed that the budget will cost Newfoundland and Labrador $1.5 billion over the next three years in payments under the 1985 Atlantic Accord. “It’s a good indication of the punitive, vindictive, nasty side of this prime minister,” Williams said.”We’re only seven seats, so he probably feels he can do that and he gets some personal satisfaction out of it. But the one thing about this is that I’ll be around to see the back of his head in politics before this is over.”

Two N.L. Liberals say they’ll break party ranks, oppose budget if necessary

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland Liberal MP says he will break party ranks and vote against the federal budget if necessary, the second party member to do so.Scott Andrews, who represents the riding of Avalon, told a radio station today he is prepared to go against his party and oppose the budget if it doesn’t protect $1.5 billion that the province is entitled to. Andrews says his colleagues in the rest of the country don’t understand how important the issue is to Newfoundland and Labrador.Premier Danny Williams has called on the six Liberal MPs from his province to vote against the budget, saying it will sap $1.5 billion away from the province in funds from the 1985 Atlantic Accord.While the province no longer receives equalization, it continues to receive money in that offshore energy agreement with Ottawa.Judy Foote, member for Random-Burin-St. George’s, has also said she will vote against the budget if it doesn’t protect the Atlantic Accord money.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s total turnaround from cautious fiscal conservatism to profligate government spender and deficit creator has surely betrayed fiscally conservative voters who elected Conservative MPs based on their public pledges at that time that “our economy is sound” and “we will never run a deficit”. One can only reasonably conclude that to hang on to power in Ottawa, Harper and also next his MPs have betrayed every fiscal Conservative  principle they had once claimed  that their party holds dear, sacred. Harper’s main  opposition these days seems to be the c Conservatives members themselves.

 

do see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/federal-budget-approved/

Harper the liar again

 

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“And Canada’S Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared that the opposition leaders had not accepted the results of the last election and added: “You don’t change government through parliamentary games.” This is a deliberate misinterpretation of the way our system works. Yes, Harper and the Conservatives were re-elected last fall, but with a minority. And minority governments must attract the support of at least one other party in the Parliament in order to avoid defeat. ” So far childish Harper all he can do is play poltical games.. too bad for Him AND US AS WELL…..

(Est 7:10 KJV)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
 
Irrespective of today’s federal budget why the Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff should immediately rightfully dethrone the Conservative  government and support the coalition.
 
The new Conservatives wrongfully are cold, ruthless, immoral, ungodly, selfish, self centered, untrustworthy just for a start.
 
Harper has been invoking a long term war, campaign, and he has systematically hired, placed in the government key Conservative party supporters, organizers paid for by the Canadian taxpayers and RIGHTFULLY they must be all fired, removed, or at least take away all work from them and give them an empty desk, and you can ALSO  rightfully start with Preston Manning now as well.
 
 
Conservative strategist Geoff Norquay said raising the specter of toppling the government may be good strategy, but he believes Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff wants time to whip his party into better shape before he risks going into an election.  ” .. if the Liberal party and the new Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff  is  not prepared to govern now he and the Liberals  they next really never will be.. and now as simple as that. 
 
see also  Cons sleeping with the enemy https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/pm-harper-forced-into-a-coalition-with-separatists-and-socialists/

            

January 23, 2009

Defecit

 
 
Following the past Liberal Government’s trend, the Canadian Federal Conservative Government, Stephen Harper PM, November economic update was again projecting surpluses for the next few years. Suddenly immediately next rather we’re facing multi-year, massive deficits. How did we get to that point? Tax relief, economic stimulus and  measures to stabilize the financial markets are the supposed  hallmarks of next week’s Federal government’s budget that will drive Canada into deep but short-term deficit, under the Conservative  Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
 
“Interim Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is right to oppose across-the-board tax cuts. At a time when Canadians are leveraged to excess, they are not likely to go out and spend the added income on capital goods or even added consumption goods. More likely, the money will go to pay down debt, which is good for the individual, but does little for the economy in the short run. With a huge deficit planned, the money should be used on targeted areas in infrastructure projects, roads, bridges and urban transit – capital projects that will have benefits for a long time to come. With the demand destruction we are going to have in our economy, cutting taxes and even reducing interest rates, is like pushing on a rope – a wrong approach to the current situation.

Stephen Harper is a monetarist of the Friedman/Chicago school, and while monetary policy has its place, in particular where inflation is a problem, lowering interest rates when they are already close to zero will have little effect, at least in the short run. Cutting taxes for people who face job losses is also rather moot, and the recent U.S. experience with a general tax cut was rather dismal.

Of course, tax cuts are popular, especially for the selfish and short-sighted, and will likely play well in an election campaign. Could it be that Mr. Harper is, again, planning a political stand-off in the parliamentary OK Corral, in order to face off with Ignatieff in an election and dangle the carrot of tax cuts for the voters?  Sigmund Roseth, Mississauga”

PS: NDP Leader Jack Layton says it was “absolutely inappropriate” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to allow details to be released on the federal budget deficit. Layton says it’s a move that seems to suggest Harper is trying to build a political case because he’s worried about losing his job. The NDP has already stated it won’t support Tuesday’s budget. A senior government official said Thursday the Harper government will run deficits totalling $64 billion over the next two years – $34 billion this year, and $30 billion next year. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, who was also speaking in Toronto, accused Harper of playing political games when it comes to the budget. Ignatieff says the information leak was “irresponsible and costly to our economy.”

“Mandate for listeriosis investigation: insufficient OTTAWA – The mandate given to former Edmonton Health Authority President Sheila Weatherill as investigator of last year’s listeriosis outbreak is insufficient to provide transparency to Canadians, Liberal Agriculture Critic Wayne Easter and Health Critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett said today.“Canadians deserve the truth,” said Mr. Easter. “We have no doubt that Ms. Weatherill will do what she can given her mandate, but the fact is, this Conservative government has not been transparent with Canadians with regards to this tragedy. Ms. Weatherill’s resources and powers are too limited to reveal what actually happened. ” Dr. Bennett said the only way Canadians can know the full truth of how the crisis came about is to have a full judicial inquiry with the power to compel witnesses to testify and evidence to be produced.  “But, as we know, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused repeated calls for this,” said Dr. Bennett. “It is only through a full judicial inquiry that all of the facts will be known – and only then can the families of the victims move forward and Canadians can be assured it won’t happen again.” Mr. Easter agreed that only a judicial inquiry would fully expose the information needed to truly address any shortcomings in Canada’s food safety system.  “This is not about assigning blame,” he pointed out. “It is about giving Canadians certainty that their food is safe. The Conservative government and the Prime Minister owe that much to Canadians, but this investigation falls far too short of that obligation.””   http://www.liberal.ca/story_15587_e.aspx 

” the fact that there is increased speculation about the Prime Minister’s job reflects growing concern in Conservative ranks that the party has to start planning for succession. The combination of a credible alternative, in the form of new Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, and a support-sapping recession has already hit the Prime Minister’s approval ratings. The suspicion is that this is only a distant early warning of ever-worsening poll numbers. Mr. Harper retains strong support in caucus. Many Conservatives recognize that they are taken seriously only because they have the letters “MP” after their name, a happy circumstance for which thanks must go to the Prime Minister. But, unlike former Conservative leader Brian Mulroney, Mr. Harper has failed to establish a personal rapport with many caucus members. Their loyalty would be strained to a breaking point if Conservative support dropped into the 20s range– thus jeopardizing their cushy sinecures. Many Tories found themselves questioning their political faith during the general election and found it tested further by the Fall Fiscal Update. “The ace the Prime Minister always had was that he was the master tactician. But our guy doesn’t have the ace anymore,” said one self-professed Harper supporter. “Ministers now whisper under their breath that they think we will lose the next election.” In this circumstance, it is not surprising that the volume of chatter about a potential successor has risen. But it’s also true that if the Prime Minister is discredited by his handling of the economic crisis, his Cabinet is tarnished too.  The same applies to other potential front-bench candidates such as Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who may emerge as the strongest candidate from the old Reform Party; James Moore, the young Heritage Minister who despite being a former Reform MP is most often viewed as a Red Tory; and, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who is said to be more likely to encourage his wife Christine Elliott, an Ontario MPP, to take a run at a senior job at Queen’s Park. Some Conservatives believe that a saviour will emerge from the East, in the form of Jean Charest, the Quebec Premier, or Bernard Lord, the former premier of New Brunswick. What is clear is that Mr. Harper’s authority has been dented so severely that the race to succeed him is on and cannot be cancelled by PMO decree. On the upside, the Prime Minister shouldn’t have any trouble empathizing with Canadians worried about losing their jobs in the coming months. ”  http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=9b2a4084-084d-4e62-98e2-0d4e73cc25ce  But all that won’t stop the fools from trying to  take bad Harper’s place.

Follow Obama’s lead on transparency, PM told Saying ‘the fog is thickening’ in Canada, Information Commissioner pounces on U.S. President’s decision to have more official documents released to the public  Globe and Mail  January 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM EST  OTTAWA — The Harper government should follow U.S. President Barack Obama’s lead in shunning secrecy and releasing more official documents to the public, Canada’s Information Commissioner says. In his first full day in office, Mr. Obama ordered the American government to release more documents under its Freedom of Information Act.  “Starting today, every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday.  The announcement did not go unnoticed in Ottawa, where the Canadian government has moved in the opposite direction.  Canada’s Information Commissioner Robert Marleau   said that unreleased figures show more and more users of the Access to Information Act are hitting a wall in Canada. He added that his ATI report cards, to be released next month, will show a number of departments and agencies are failing in their legal duties. “The fog is thickening,” Mr. Marleau said. “Things are clearly going backwards in the amount of information that is being released, and there is a clear increase in the use of time extensions and exemptions. The numbers should be of concern to Canadian citizens.”In its current form, the act calls on the government to release requested documents within 30 days. But a number of officials who administer the Access to Information Act regularly complain that the Privy Council Office is playing an increasing role in vetting documents before they are released, causing delays that commonly reach six months and sometimes drag on for more than a year. In addition, the government relies increasingly on exemptions to censor information on contentious matters, such as the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan. In the United States, Mr. Obama said he still wants his government to protect national security and personal information, but that the rules should favour those who are seeking information. “The mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret does mean you should always use it,” he said.”The Freedom of Information Act is perhaps the most powerful instrument we have for making our government honest and transparent, and of holding it accountable. And I expect members of my administration not simply to live up to the letter but also the spirit of this law.” Mr. Obama said “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” That message is similar to the Conservative Party’s promise in the 2006 election. However, the Harper government has failed to live up to its promise to “implement the Information Commissioner’s recommendations for reform of the Access to Information Act.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090121.wPOLtransparency0121/BNStory/politics/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20090121.wPOLtransparency0121

Ad scandal isn’t dead yet  The Telegram  It may seem like it died quietly, but an interesting Elections Canada investigation into the conduct of the Conservative party in the 2006 federal election is still chugging along.  Wednesday, there was a court hearing in Toronto over material obtained by search warrant by Canada’s chief electoral officer when his office raided Conservative offices in Ottawa last year.  The Tories are vigorously fighting Elections Canada over the seized records.  The elections officer is investigating “in and out” financing. It’s a dodge by which the federal wing of the Conservative party transferred money to individual riding associations, ostensibly for riding advertising, and then had the money sent back to the party again where it was used to buy more national advertising.  The Conservatives allegedly moved $1.3 million to 67 riding offices, and then used that money to buy national ad space, even though they had already reached their limit of $18.3 million in national advertising. The Tories argue they are being singled out, and that they haven’t done anything that other parties haven’t done in the past. What complicates the story is that the national ads were booked long before party officials could have had any idea how much local ridings were going to spend on advertising, suggesting an orchestrated attempt to get around election spending rules. Beyond the Elections Canada investigation, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs held hearings, but many Conservative party officials refused to attend, even though the committee issued 31 summonses.  Before the issue could come to a head, Stephen Harper called a snap election, stopping the committee in its tracks.  In fact, that committee, and other fractious groups with similar issues, played a role in the “dysfunctional Parliament” that Harper said he needed to replace via an election.  You can understand the Conservatives’ position – to a point. House of Commons committees can be a bit of a “Gong Show,” and are regularly overtaken by partisan posturing. The problem is that they are also a legitimate part of the Parliamentary process, and ignoring them shows clear contempt for that process. Now, there are suggestions that the committee will regroup and call witnesses all over again, should Parliament sit next week. But there’s a fly in the ointment: one key witness is Irving Gerstein, head of fundraising for the Tories and their official agent for the 2006 federal election. But Gerstein was appointed to the Senate shortly before Christmas and, as a senator, he can no longer be compelled to appear before a House of Commons committee. Wheels within wheels within wheels. If members of a political party are willing to thumb their noses at a legislative committee – to the point of ignoring legally issued summonses – what other rules are they willing to flout?  Certainly it’s about time we knew whether or not the party with the most seats in the House of Commons played by the rules, or whether it has decided it is above such things.  http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=214228&sc=80 

Drinking alcohol cause permanent brain damage, it also causes a significant deterioration of one’s mental capabilities, inter personal relationship skills, it also causes more car accidents than speeding or not having adequate winter tires, it also reduces significantly one’s work productivity as well undeniably too.  So  tell us all now:
 
- How much money did the Prime Minister, the Premiers themselves now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year,
- How Much money did the federal, provincial cabinet ministers now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year
- How much money did the civil and public servants now spend on Alcoholic consumption entertainment last year
 
I trust you all can readily supply us all with the answers

Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Pat Hoy is stepping on the toes of his federal counterpart in his call for Stephen Harper’s Conservative government make changes to Employment Insurance.  Hoy issued media release calling the EI program unfair to unemployed workers in Ontario and demanding changes to the program in Tuesday’s federal budget.  “An unemployed worker in Ontario gets $4,630 less in EI benefits each year than someone in any other province,” Hoy said, adding Ontario is being short-changed $2.1 billion annually in EI benefits. ” http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1400733

THE CRTC flubs it again

Registered with the do-not-call list? Expect more calls, says consumer watchdog

 Friday, January 23, 2009 |   CBC News  Canada’s highly touted do-not-call list is having the opposite effect, leading to more telemarketer calls, says the Consumers’ Association of Canada. “It’s a travesty,” president Bruce Cran said Friday. “Here we have all these people thinking they were getting rid of incoming phone calls. Anyone who is registered should suspect their phone number is being broadcast to the four winds.” The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission launched the registry in September to great fanfare, promising that those who registered would see a drop in unwanted calls soliciting goods and service. Millions of Canadians have registered their names, home phone numbers and in some cases their cellphone numbers. The problem, said Cran, is that the CRTC sells the registry list online. “In Toronto, you can get 600,000 names for $50,” he said. Telemarketers are required to subscribe to the list, paying an annual fee that depends on how often they chose to download updates. Those who violate the list by calling registrants may be fined up to $15,000 per call.  Chilliwack, B.C., real estate consultant Jim Stocco said he suspects the “avalanche of calls” he and his wife have been fielding lately is a result of having registered with the do-not-call list.  Before registering, Stocco had managed to bring unwanted phone solicitations down to about one a week by calling back telemarketers and asking them to take his phone number off their list.  “This do-not-call registry has made things worse. We now get five or six calls a day,” he said. “We both work at home and have clients across North America so we will answer calls. It has been a major irritant.”  Stocco said when he tries to call telemarketers back to ask that his number be taken off their list, he gets a voice mailbox that does not accept messages.  Glenn Thibeault, NDP critic for consumer protection, wrote to the federal privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart on Jan. 16 urging her to investigate.  “When the service is not only ineffective but assists in worsening the problem, Canadians have a right to be concerned, ” he said.   A spokesperson for the commissioner said Friday that she was aware of the problem before being contacted by Thibeault. “We are concerned as well,” said Heather Ormerod. “We are in contact with the CRTC and trying to gather relevant information to see how to proceed.”

 

I already rightfully have a very low opinion of the too often Useless CRTC

   

 

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